Brett Brown talks about Sixers’ expectations with Sports Illustrated

Brett Brown is entering his seventh season as the coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, and this season is marked with the expectation of the Sixers being a title contender.

Brown talked about the Sixers’ expectations in a story with Sports Illustrated’s Charlotte Wilder, saying the Sixers are striving to win a championship.

“The standard is that we want to win a championship,” Brown says. “So the rules have changed. Last year I had three iterations of a team. I couldn’t have gone into the locker room at the start of last year and looked at my team and said, ‘We’re here to win a title.’ None of us would’ve believed that was a fair goal. And now it is.”

Early last season, the Sixers traded for Jimmy Butler. Butler brought his scoring to an offense that needed more buckets. Butler helped take some of the offensive load off Joel Embiid, the Sixers’ leading scorer last season. Butler signed with the Miami Heat in free agency this offseason, though.

In addition to the Butler trade, the Sixers acquired Tobias Harris, Mike Scott, James Ennis III at the trade deadline.

Former Sixers players Boban Marjanovic and Jonathon Simmons were also acquired at the trade deadline; Marjanovic signed with the Dallas Mavericks in the offseason. The Sixers traded Simmons and a 2019 second-round draft pick (No. 42 overall) to the Wizards for cash considerations in June. Simmons was released by the Washington Wizards in July, per Candace Buckner of the Washington Post.

Philly has new players in Al Horford and Josh Richardson, but there’s more continuity now with core players such as Harris, Scott and Ennis returning. As the Sixers prepare for the season, Brown spoke of how the team’s size should allow for creativity.

“I don’t know where the holes are or the mismatches,” Brown says. “We can play bully-ball offense and smashmouth defense, and it can easily be flipped, the same words apply: We’re big. Once you’ve recognized and admitted the design of team, you can dream. You can get creative.”

The Sixers will open their season at home next Wednesday against the Boston Celtics.

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